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Police Reports

  • Man charged with kidnapping after home invasion

    A Lancaster man has been arrested on kidnapping and other charges after a terrifying incident in which a female acquaintance accused him of breaking into her home while she was asleep and assaulting her, a sheriff’s incident report said.
    In addition to the kidnapping charge, Robert Mitchell Hough, 52, of 1320 Memorial Park Road in Lancaster, was charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree assault and battery in the May 22 incident.

  • Lancaster man sentenced for straw purchase of gun

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison on Wednesday for conspiracy to make a straw purchase of a firearm.
    Adam Tyler Shrader, 22, pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia last month to one count of the conspiracy charge.
    U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis on Wednesday sentenced Shrader to 21 months in federal prison followed by two years supervised probation.

  • Man robbed by polite thieves posing as cops

    A Lancaster man told sheriff’s deputies he was robbed last week by two polite armed men who claimed to be police officers.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said deputies responded to 911 calls about shots fired in the 1400 block of Memorial Park Road about 11:59 p.m. May 16 and found 31-year-old Jamal Antonio Twitty, who said he’d just been robbed.

  • Wounded fugitive charged in child-sex case

    A Lancaster man wanted on child-sex charges since May 13 was found shot but not seriously wounded Tuesday, hiding at Palmetto Place Apartments on Pardue Street.

  • Man, mom robbed at gunpoint inside home

    A Lancaster man told deputies he and his mother were robbed in their home Monday morning by two armed men who kicked in their back door, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
    James Champion, 65, of 1809 Feature Road, said he was in bed on a futon in the living room about 1:30 a.m. Monday when he heard a loud bang, but before he could stand up, two men in masks appeared over him yelling for him to give them “the money.”

  • Roving dogs attack goats, leave 7 dead, 14 more hurt

    Two dogs roaming miles from home ravaged a herd of goats owned by an elderly Kershaw couple, killing or seriously injuring nearly a dozen of the animals, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    Wayne Bartell, 75, of 6820 Hanging Rock Church Road, called 911 about 7:45 a.m. to report he’d shot and killed one of two dogs he’d caught inside the goat pen behind his home. The other dog, he said, had escaped and run off.

  • Man accused of abusing children

    A Lancaster man faces child-abuse charges for incidents involving his 7-, 12- and 15-year-old children earlier this year.
    Randy Lorenzo McIlwain, 37, of 1446 Winthrop Ave., was arrested March 30 on three counts of cruelty/depravation to children.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report and warrants, McIlwain was arrested for offenses that occurred between Jan. 1 and March 30, including one in which investigators said he slapped his 7-year-old son, giving him a nosebleed.

  • Man injured as card game ends in shooting

    An accusation of cheating at cards resulted in losing hands for two men in Lancaster Saturday, with one ending up shot and the other facing an attempted murder charge.  
    Roderic Jeriel McCullough, 33, of Chester is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime. He is accused of shooting James Twitty, 47, of Charlotte.

  • Man arrested after car rams into LARS bus several times

    A 53-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he was accused of ramming his car several times into a Lancaster Area Ride Service bus on North York Street after a dispute with its driver.
    Paul Barton of Blythewood was charged with one count of failure to stop, three counts of aggravated assault and one count of malicious injury to property.
    “A guy experiencing some sort of manic episode was running into the vehicle,” said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant.

  • Thief cracks Coke delivery truck’s safe

    A thief broke into a Coca-Cola delivery truck in broad daylight last week and stole cash from a safe, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
    According to the report, the driver told deputies he pulled into the parking lot of Pro Clean Dry Cleaners at 1772 Airport Road about 3 p.m. April 25 and, as usual, went inside to take the order before pulling the items from the trailer for stocking.
    The driver returned to the truck less than 15 minutes later, the incident report said, where he found the passenger side cab window broken out.